Rob Huff has put pen to paper on a two-year deal to drive for the LADA Sport LUKOIL team in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
Outgoing world champion Huff will join forces with the Russian-based manufacturer from the start of the 2014 campaign after announcing the news at the end of round 21 of this year’s series in Shanghai, China.
The move will bring to an end his association with German-based team ALL.INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport, who he has raced a Seat Leon for this season following his switch from Chevrolet at the end of his title-winning 2012 campaign.
“I am absolutely delighted with this new association with LADA Sport LUKOIL and it’s a massive thrill to be back with a manufacturer team,” said the Red Lodge race ace.
“It will be an honour to work with such an ambitious and hard-working group of people who share my vision for the future.”
Huff will be one of two British drivers to take the wheel of a LADA Granta next year with the team announcing that it will also be retaining the services of dual British Touring Car Champion James Thompson.
Completing the team’s three-strong driver roster for next year will be Russian driver Mikhail Kozlovskiy.
“I am really excited about racing as a teammate to James Thompson because we have raced together for many years and I have a huge amount of respect for him.
“In fact, he won the British Touring Car Championship in 2004, which was my maiden season in touring cars.
“I am determined to emulate the sort of success I previously had with Chevrolet, taking LADA Sport to the top in the WTCC.
“I hope to be able to use my knowledge and experience to make an active contribution towards building a championship winning outfit.”
On Sunday, the 33-year-old propelled himself back up to sixth in this year’s WTCC after taking sixth and fourth-place finishes during rounds 21 and 22 in Shanghai.
Qualifying his Seat Leon in eighth for round 21, Huff was always going to be up against in the opening race which was shortened from 13 laps to 10 due to safety reasons.
Never one to back out of a challenge, Huff soon went about his business on a fast-drying track, becoming involved in tense battles with Alex Macdowall and Gabriele Tarquini.
While not quite getting the better of Macdowall, Huff managed to keep Tarquini behind him to claim sixth.
Starting third on the grid in round 22, Huff found himself fall back to fourth behind Norbert Michelisz by the end of lap one, a position he was to remain in for the remainder of the race.